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Frey, Hugo, born 14-04-1915 in Heibronn, Württemburg, joined Hermann Goering’s  (did you know) Luftwaffe and after a pilot training he became a Jagdflieger. At the outbreak of World War II, Frey was serving with 1.LG 2. Lehrgeschwader 2 (LG 2) (Demonstration Wing 2) under command of Oberstleutnant Eberhard Baier, was a Luftwaffe unit during World War II, operating three fighter, night fighter, reconnaissance and ground support Gruppen (groups). Frey gained his first victory over Poland on 04-09-1939 over PZL-11. He gained a further victory during the French campaign over Potez-63. In December 1940, Frey transferred to Jagdgeschwader 1. under command of Oberstleutnant Carl-August Schumacher,   Schumaher survived the war and died on 22-05-1967 in Bad Godesberg, age 71. Frey was assigned to 2./JG 1  under command of Oberleutnant Walter “Gulle” Oesau based on the German Bight. Frey developed into one of the foremost German aces against the USAAF four-engined bomber formations. He shot down his first four-engined bomber on 21-01-1943. By 29 July he had recorded 10 four-engined bombers shot down. Oberleutnant Frey was appointed Staffelkapitän of 7./JG 1, nickname “Nowotny”  on 01-04-1943.

Death and burial ground of Frey, Hugo.

 On 26 November, Frey shot down two USAAF B-17 bombers and a P-47 fighter to record his 20th through 22nd victories. He shot down a further two B-17 four-engined bombers on 11-01-1944. On 06-03-1944, Frey scrambled to intercept an attack on Berlin by Allied bombers. In an outstanding performance Frey shot down four B-17s before return fire from a fifth sent his Fw 190 down to crash near Coevorden, Holland. (see About) He was posthumously awarded the Ritterkreuz on 04-05-1944. Hugo Frey was credited with 32 victories. All his victories were recorded over the Western Front. Included in his total are 25 four-engined heavy bombers  Hugo Frey is buried on the war cemetery of Ysselsteyn, Netherlands, close to the grave of Generalmajor der Infanterie, Feldkommandeur der 642th in Arnhem, Friedrich Kussin the first killed General during Operation Market Garden, Flyer Aces Egmond Prinz zur Lippe Weissenfeld Major en Jagdfliegerass. Commander Jagdgeschwaders III, 180 victories, Kurt Brändle  and Heinrich Prinz zur Sayn Wittgenstein  and in between of 32.000 other war victims.

    

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